Ravel : Boléro
Joseph Canteloube was fascinated by traditional songs in the Oc language of the centre of France, about shepherdesses’ love, herding sheep and springs…
He took possession of them and turned them into a magnificent work for soprano and orchestra, the Chants d’Auvergne, with melodies alternating humour and melancholy or happy moods.There is no desire to remain close to authentic folklore in this collection composed between 1923 and 1930: rather a sort of romantic and charming “imaginary folklore”, with melodies distantly inspired by rural songs from Auvergne and Quercy, sung in Occitan.
All great singers have interpreted these charming melodies: Victoria de Los Angeles, Kiri Te Kanawa, Dawn Upshaw, Véronique Gens, Frederica von Stade, Maria Bayo… The young celebrity Marianne Crebassa follows in their footsteps…
Maurice Ravel’s Boléro is one of the most popular orchestra compositions and the most often performed in the world. The rest of the programme takes us to the shores of the Mediterranean, in Italy, France and Spain where sun and music play together.
Extracts from Gluck, Berlioz and Rossini by Marianne Crebassa
Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (1782-1871)
Ouverture of Manon Lescaut
Joseph Canteloube (1879-1957)
Chants d’Auvergne (extract)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)